Fun Stamping Technique: Retiform Stamping Technique 

This Stamping technique, which takes “masking & sponging” to a whole new level. This technique has been around for a while, you normally see it as a background that is a focus of the card front.

I have created a card with this technique, but I created a different look then what you normally see.

Retiform Stamping Technique with CTMH Bunches of Love www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

What you need
– A couple of Stamp images. I used the Bunches of Love (D1815) stamp as my main feature.
– Two or more coordinating colours of Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pads
– Either the Round Sponge or a couple of a Sponge Daubers for each colour you will use.
– Close To My Heart Cardstock
– Sticky notes of varying sizes.

Technique Process
Stick down your sticky notes to form a grid pattern. With a pice of the Round Sponge or with one of the Sponge Daubers sponge on the lighter shade of colour onto the unmasked area. Once sponged with the lighter add the darker shade ink. While the space is still masked stamp your images either in a contrasting or darker shade of ink.

Remove your sticky notes masks & mask off the the section you have sponged & stamped & continue to do another section. Keep masking sponging, stamping until you have covered the card or where you like the technique to appear.

I hope you enjoyed this fun Retiform Stamping Technique and I hope you give it a try.

Till next time Maz

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Close To My Heart Boutique Paper Suite: Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog HopA Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Boutique Paper Suite Australasian, Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from the amazingly creative Doreen Watkins then you are in the right place.

If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this blog post – where you will discover lots of ideas using the Boutique Paper Suite.

Boutique Paper Packet www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auThis beautiful Paper Suite has the perfect mix of elegant tones with fun pops of colour, that at first you think would never work together but they look amazing. I love this paper suite and really enjoyed what I have created with it so far.

For this card I focused on using one of the Cut Apart Picture My Life Cards & mixed it up with a little bit of Seasons Mix In Papers & some Stamping to create this cute Christmas Card.

Boutique Paper Suite Christmas Card with CTMH Stamp Of the Month Just Treats & Fair Dinkum Christmas www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

This next card I used the Boutique Complements which have these fab washi like sticker strips. But I also added a feature from one of my favourite new Decorative Borders die set – I love how it adds interest but doesn’t add bulk or detracts from the main feature. Of course I had to add more from these dies so I added some flowers & leaves cut from the Boutique Paper scraps I had. This was actually a very quick & easy card to make but has a lot of features.

Boutique Paper Suite Inspirational Card www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

I hope you enjoyed what I created today & if you did so, please leave a comment before you head over to the very talented: Shaunna Richards Passionate About Pages who I am sure will showcase something absolutely wonderful with the Boutique Paper Suite.

Enjoy the hop & thanks so much for taking the time to check out these ideas with this month’s feature on the

Til next time, see you soon & keep creating!
Maz

Magically Masked – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Magically Masked with Close To My Heart Products. www.maz.closetomyheart.com.auWelcome to this month’s Technique Blog Hop where we are “Magically Masked” with Close To My Heart products.

If you have arrived here from Sarah Devendorf then you are in the right place.

If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post.

Masking is a great way to create the illusion of depth and is a fun technique to try out.

You start out with the image you want at the front & cover it with a post it or scrap paper, then stamp the next image so it appears behind the first.

 

I did this using the cute Koala Adventures Stamp & Aloha Spirit. In fact I had to do some extra masking for the small hibiscus flower which is part of the Aloha word.

Fun In The Sun - Masking Technique with CTMH Koala Adventures. www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

I masked off the text that I did not want to ink before stamping the image, so I only got the flower. I covered the flower to stamp the Koala & shade/colouring – I did get a bit of shadow around the flower but filled it in with a Shin Han marker that closely matched the colour.

I finished off adding the surf board so that it sat behind the Koala – know the Koala kinda of looks like doing the hula. I thought the image was perfect to fussy cut around the whole image & add it to the cut apart picture my life Fun in the Sun Card from the Central Park Theme.

This is a perfect card to give to someone escaping from our winter to find some sun or for someone who just loves the sun & surf.

I’d love for you to leave a comment before you head on over to Melissa Robinson to get more wonderful masking ideas.

I hope you enjoyed what I created, as much as I enjoyed creating it and thanks so much for taking the time to check it out.

See you soon
Maz

Close To My Heart Central Park Paper Suite: Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog HopA Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Central Park Paper Suite Australasian, Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from the amazingly creative Shaunna Richards Passionate About Pages  then you are in the right place.

If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this blog post – where you will discover lots of ideas using the Central Park Paper Suite.

Central Park Paper Suite www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

This bright, fun, colourful & playful paper suite is full of houses & hot air balloons as well as fab patterns that can be used for any theme.

Today I am sharing a cute card where I actually used one of the Cut apart Picture My Life cards. Don’t be afraid of cutting these up or covering (as I have here) these cards up.

The green card was actually perfect to create a matt for this card. I also used the zip strips and the Central Park Sequins – which are see through.

 

I used the Heartfelt Thanks as my main stamped image, coloured with ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Markers. The extra flowers are from the Many Congratulations stamp set.

You're the Best CTMH Central Park Paper Suite www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

 

I hope you enjoyed what I created today & if you did so, please leave a comment before you head over to the very talented: Vandra’s Virtual CTMH Craftroom who I am sure will showcase something absolutely wonderful with the Central Park Paper Suite.

Enjoy the hop & thanks so much for taking the time to check out these ideas with this month’s feature on the

Til next time, see you soon & keep creating!
Maz

Close To My Heart Gimme Some Sugar Paper Suite: Australasian Blog Hop

Australasian Blog HopA Happy Hello and welcome aboard our Gimme Some Sugar Paper Suite Australasian, Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from the amazingly creative Shaunna Richards – Passionate About Pages  then you are in the right place.

If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this blog post – where you will discover lots of ideas using the Gimme Some Sugar Paper Suite

Gimme Some Sugar Paper Suite www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

Can you believe it this is the last feature paper suite that will be featured in the Seasonal Expressions 1?

If you haven’t seen this delicious collection yet you will need to hurry as it will only be around till the end of April.

This collection features soft pastels, subtle patterns and super sweet sentiments & images.

The collection is perfect for celebrating little girls, high-tea, sisters, mothers, friends, a girls’ day out, family cooking traditions, special recipes and more!

Gimme Some Sugar handmade card www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

I decide to focus on the floral elements for my card with only minor stamping & a bit of fussy cutting. I like the vellum how is softens the pattern paper

I hope you enjoyed what I created today & if you did so, please leave a comment before you head over to the very talented: Doreen Watkins who I am sure will showcase something absolutely wonderful.

Enjoy the hop & thanks so much for taking the time to check out these ideas with this month’s feature on the Close To My Heart Gimme Some Sugar Paper Suite.

Til next time, see you soon & keep creating!
Maz

10 ways to change up your Thin Cuts

10 ways to change up your Thin Cuts www.maz.closetomyheart.com.au

So many Possibilities with your dies here are just a few

  1. Dry emboss – try with embossing folder!
  2. Heat emboss.
  3. Background stamp.
  4. Stitch (with smaller layer).
  5. Vellum stitch (with same size layer).
  6. Add gems/ sparkles/ embellishments.
  7. Edge distress.
  8. Cut on patterned paper.
  9. Use the negative & create a second shape.
  10. Cut on glitter paper.

Have you tried any of these techniques?
If so what is your favourite?

Remember, now through the end of March, get your favourite Thin Cuts at 25-30% off!

Have fun die cutting – Till Next Time
Maz

1 March 2018 (12:01 am AEDT) – 31 March 2018 (11:59 pm AEDT) or while supplies last